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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-09-24

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has praised relations with Greece, stressing the close cooperation and support it offers in efforts for a Cyprus settlement.

    He was speaking after meeting Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The Greek Minister said the Cyprus issue is the prime national issue.

    In his statements, Christofias said they reviewed issues of common interest and he informed in detail Bakoyannis on the progress of the ongoing peace talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, the good points and the problems we are facing and exchanged views on how things progress.

    President Christofias also said that Bakoyannis informed him about her efforts as far as the Skopje issue is concerned and they examined European issues and common action within the EU.

    The Cypriot President thanked Bakoyannis and the Greek government for their support and added: Greece is on our side and this is an answer to all those who say that Greece does not care. It has in interest in Cyprus, we maintain friendly relations, we have close cooperation.

    In her statements, Bakoyannis said that cooperation between the two countries is continuous and coordination necessary, adding they need to convey a concerted message during their meetings with leaders to become more effective.

    Greece is present, a supporter of Cyprus in all efforts. I do not need to repeat that the Cyprus issue is the top national priority for us and we are making all efforts to help Cyprus, she added.

    Cooperation between the two countries on other issues is just as good, she added.

    President Christofias will address later Wednesday the UN General Assembly.

    Talks, which began earlier this month between President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, aim at reuniting Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third


    Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has continued his contacts on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, holding a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of South Africa, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

    Kyprianou briefed Zuma about the latest development in the Cyprus problem and discussed bilateral relations. They, also, discussed about Zumas forthcoming visit to Cyprus.

    The Cypriot Minister attended a ministerial lunch, hosted by the European Union, along with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during which they reviewed EU relations with Russia.


    British Minister for Europe Jim Murphy will visit Cyprus in the near future, a Foreign Office spokesman told CNA.

    Murphy had stated during a gathering on Cyprus organized on the sidelines of the Labour Party conference in Manchester that he intends to visit Cyprus.

    In his speech, Murphy had stressed the significance of the negations for a Cyprus settlement, noting it is the best opportunity for a solution to the Cyprus issue.


    Belgian Senator and Chairman of the Belgium-Cyprus Friendship Group at the Belgian Parliament Philippe Monfils said that his country was not in a hurry to see Turkey join the European Union, which he placed at least 13 years into the future.

    Monfils expressed hope that direct talks between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus for a solution to the island`s political problem are productive, noting that ``it is totally unnatural and unacceptable for Cyprus not to be able to enjoy the same recognition as the other EU member states by a country which aspires to join the EU, such as Turkey.``

    The Belgian Senator was speaking through an interpreter after a meeting at the House of Representatives in Nicosia with members of the Cyprus-Belgium Friendship Group, who briefed him and the Belgian delegation on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

    Chairman of the Cyprus-Belgium Friendship Group at the House of Representatives Averof Neophytou said they discussed bilateral relations and the Cyprus problem, and ``we reiterated to a true friend of Cyprus the will of the Greek Cypriot community for a viable and functional solution, which will guarantee international law, and European principles and values.``

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